by Jaima Fixsen
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Just released: December 1, 2016
Genre: Historical, Romance
There are girls who believe, every morning, that this could be the day that changes their destiny.
Love at first sight...
Mary Buchanan has bigger worries than the radical journalist next door who’s spoiling her father’s digestion: unrequited love for a footman, a fractious aunt, patiently awaiting her destiny… She’s certain he’ll be handsome.
Then she meets the reformer, journalist Samuel Brown. Destiny is closer at hand than Mary has supposed—if she can just get Mr. Brown to realize it.
Ooo, you can feel the stuffiness of the time period in this novel with the presence of female restrictions, class divisions, and social etiquette.
The focus on politics drives the characters in the story. Historical accounts and settings were interesting to learn about. Perspectives from a journalist and a cartoon artist contribute signs of the time as well.
AND, romance manages to stumble in and cause its own chaos and questions for not only the protagonist, Mary, but also for two other fellas ;-)
At first, I was not feeling it for Mary. Her immaturity was a bit annoying and boring. But towards the end, I liked her better and enjoyed watching her character develop.
Side stories provide some drama of their own which were just as entertaining to follow and discover.
A trip to Bath and its healing/restorative mentions were a treat to read about (note: for all you Jane Austen fans).
The matchmaker, Mrs. Chin, makes a few appearances. But, her presence is subtle with gentle nudging.
About the author:
When she isn't writing or child wrangling, she's a snow enthusiast. She lives with her family in Alberta, Canada, and most all just tries to keep up.
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